Local entrepreneurs and business operators can access a wealth of information about innovation and commercialisation in the lead-up to next month’s 2012 Tropical Innovation Awards.
Cairns Regional Council will host the inaugural "Smart Money for Bright Ideas" conference on 30 November, to help innovators wanting to pursue opportunities for growth and investment.
The conference will outline how the capital market works, how businesses can raise funds through debt and equity sources, and offer tips on pitching bright ideas to potential investors.
Prior to the conference, businesses can take part in two free workshops in Cairns on 1 November and 15 November. Hosted by Council and presented by Tropical Innovation Awards sponsors, WHK and MacDonnell’s Law, these free events will cover everything a new business needs to know – from concept and start-up through to growth and development.
The first free workshop is in Cairns this Thursday, 1 November at 3-5pm (venue: Civic Reception Rooms, Council Administration Building, 119-145 Spence St).
Focusing on the initial business concept and start-up phases, this workshop will outline the legal issues associated with different business structures, offer tips for new business operators on selling themselves and their ideas, and discuss intellectual property ownership issues.
The second workshop in the program will follow two weeks later, on Thursday 15 November at 1-3pm (same venue) and focus on business growth and development.
Speakers from WHK and MacDonnell’s Law will address business planning, commercialistion of intellectual property, research and development, tax and funding options including venture capital.
To register for the free workshops, contact Council’s Economic Development team on 4044 3366.
Tickets for the “Smart Money for Bright Ideas” conference cost $65 each and are available from Ticketlink.
Find out more about the workshops, conference and Tropical Innovation Awards at www.investcairns.com.au.